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Telling their Stories: The Lingering Legacy of the Katrina Photographs

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(InthekNOwla) -- NEW ORLEANS

When photographers converged on the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a survivor cried out, “Thank God, the press is here."

We’re tired of Hurricane Katrina…we are sick and tired of her ass. The thoughts, memories, feelings, and emotions she evokes are still sometimes too hard to bear. So we’re done with her.

But we didn’t come to this decision “to be done with her” lightly. As we’re coming upon the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, InthekNOwla attended “Telling their Stories: The Lingering Legacy of the Katrina Photographs” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. “Telling their Stories” is an “exhibition of powerful images by national photojournalists and others who covered the storm, flood and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” And lemme tell you, seeing these pics ain’t no cake walk. It’s not just looking at some old pictures.

These photos bring you back, right back to wherever you were during and after Katrina. Right back to the water up to your roof, to the dead people at the Convention Center, to “Wait, this is in the United States?”, to anger, frustration, despair, and helplessness, to the wondering if we would ever be able to come back.
We never want to these see pictures again, ever…some of them so graphic and heart wrenching, they keep playing in our heads not allowing us to forget…

There’s the beautiful skyline of New Orleans complete with the Superdome and the ominous presence of a huge funnel of black smoke rising into the heavens. We all know why.

And then, there’s the old grandmother wrapped in our nation’s wonderful flag, an ironic scene of protection.

What about the man crying…no sobbing or screaming…just tears running down his face…

And one of the most powerful images, a five year old little girl holding hands with a 105 year old woman as they are evacuated from the Convention Center.

And there are many others we can’t dare to speak about, our emotions wreaking havoc on our body.

We’re thankful for this exhibit; it allowed us to grieve once and for all and have full closure. And now, we’ve had enough of Katrina. She came, she went, but she DID NOT CONQUER! We are still here and we ain’t going nowhere, ya heard me!

Check out the photo gallery HERE!

Last modified on Friday, 27 August 2010
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